Archive for January, 2010

We Don’t Fit

Sunday, January 24th, 2010

I have voraciously been feeding on Tim Keller’s sermons. Tim is the senior pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian in New York, and his ability to express the depth of God’s grace, and its ability to form a new community of “peculiar people,” has been for me a potent blessing. Below I give a small excerpt from [...]

How the Early Church Read the Bible

Monday, January 18th, 2010

As I was cruising through Facebook today I noticed that John Armstrong, an author and theologian whose blog I regularly read, had a comment that directed people to an article in Christianity Today titled, “How the Early Church Read the Bible,” by David Neff, an editor and regular contributor to the magazine. The gist of [...]

A Reform Trooper’s Apostolic Succession

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

Jesus Christ ↓ The Apostle Paul ↓ Augustine of Hippo ↓ (Martin Luther) John Calvin ******* For those who are scratching their heads, Apostolic Succession is a doctrine among the liturgical or more ancient traditions that current bishops are able to trace the lineage of their authority and ministry through preceding generations all the way [...]

God’s Own Fool

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

In my early adulthood, when I embraced The Faith as my own, one of the first musicians I encountered and appreciated was Michael Card. I did not know it at the time, but his music, and particularly his lyrics, deeply influenced my theological sensibilities. Michael possesses a strong talent for paradoxical reflection, a talent I [...]

2010, A Dream Home & Pseudo Glory

Friday, January 1st, 2010

It’s the first day of the new year, 2010, and I am watching HGTV’s “Dream Home Giveaway” and at the back of my mind I am thinking of Arthur C. Clark’s novel 2010: Odyssey Two, which I have not read, but I remember the movie version where at the end Jupiter becomes a star, a [...]